Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:39
We have had amazing success with runner beans, purely by accident! My daughter germinated bean seeds to show at school as part of a science topic. We just plonked the young plants near some sunflowers we had in a tub. They have twirled around the sunflowers, and we have just had some for tea - already frozen some for later in the year. The other plants I put, rather hopefully, in a shady border and these too have been successful. They are clinging to the ivy that grows on the fence. I have fed them and watered them virtually daily but didn't dig a trench etc, just poked them into the soil!